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John Ray Botany Day – 11th May 2014

Untitled1Middleton Hall will be celebrating the life and work of John Ray on Sunday 11th May.

John Ray may not be a household name, but he is described as the greatest ever natural scientist. He was a pioneer in botany, being the first to define species of plants and it was at Middleton Hall that Ray cracked the code of plant classification. His major botanical work Historia Plantarum was compiled at Middleton Hall. Ray could not afford to pay for illustrations to his work so his wife and daughters sewed dried plants onto sheets which were inserted into a copy. This is in the Natural History Museum, where it serves as an index to Hans Sloane’s plant collection.

The grounds of Middleton Hall were the inspiration for Ray’s work. Noted for the variety of wild flowers, plants and trees Middleton Hall is one of 4000 Sites of Special Scientific Interest in England and visitors to the John Ray Botany Day can enjoy the beautiful surroundings as Ray did.

John-RayVisit his museum and listen to talks to learn about his life & work. Stroll around the beautiful walled garden and orchard.

There will be lots of nature related crafts and outdoor activities for children. Musical entertainment will be provided by from a woodwind group.

The hall Café will be serving refreshments and there is an exhibition and sale of work by local artists from The Tamworth Society of Artists.

The hall also boasts the Peel Museum celebrating the life and work of Sir Robert Peel.

The day runs from 11am to 4pm. Adult entry is £3, Concessions £2.50, Children go free.

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